I always try to get a seat in the 1st or 2nd row in a guitar concert to watch the hands, fingers, positions, movememts, etc., particularly if the guitarist plays a piece that I can play too. After I have seen enough I close my eyes and listen to the music only
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I listen and watch, but most of the time I close my eyes, sit up straight and let the music come over me. Sitting up upright (sitting actively) helps me to absorb the music better.
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Postby Sharon Vizcaino » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:33 pm
I... don't know. I've never actually been to a classical guitar concert. I saw Tommy Emmanuel a few days ago, and for the most part I was watching his hands, but I think I'd be more inclined to just close my eyes and listen if it were classical guitar.
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I sit as close as I can. I watch everything I can possibly notice. I listen to everything I can possibly hear. I try to remember to breathe and relax my own muscles. Being in the audience for live performance of any kind always carries a sense of instability and anticipation for me, and nothing brings that out more than the soloist with a classical guitar.
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I saw Morgan Szymanski play a lunchtime concert in a tiny rural church - latecomers like me were seated in the choir, so could only see his back, and the back of the neck of the guitar, which was deeply frustrating. But for his last group he turned his back on the body of the church and played to us, a nice gesture.
I used to mainly just listen, in a time I didn't play the guitar actively myself. During the last few concerts I have watched a bit more, as I have wanted to see the technique, posture etc. If the piece is very important for me musically, I still just tend to listen to it.
I just saw Sharon Isbin a few weeks ago. She encouraged all of the guitar players to come up and watch her hands. I sat four feet from her and did just that, to the dismay of a woman that yelled out " I suppose the big guy has to sit right up front!" Well, I politely sat down two seats over. Otherwise I would have been sitting two feet from her. (Hey thats where Isbin told me to sit). I watched her play Recuerdos and then went to the very back of the venue where us fat guys who block other people's view are apparently supposed to sit. The look on Isbin's face was that of utter disbelief and shock. I spent the rest of the time just listening.
I have recently had the opportunity to see Eduardo Fernandez, Marcin Dylla and Thibaut Garcia perform live. I found myself going back and forth - sometimes watching, sometimes closing my eyes and listening. Marcin played a Giuliani piece that I knew - so I definitely watched all of that. I found Eduardo to be especially musical so I tended to listen only during that performance.